Jonatan Johansson (footballer)
|Full name||Jonatan Lillebror Johansson|
|Date of birth||16 August 1975|
|Place of birth||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Motherwell (U20 coach)|
|2006||→ Norwich City (loan)||12||(3)|
|2012||Greenock Morton (reserves)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 October 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).
Jonatan Lillebror Johansson (born 16 August 1975 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a retired Finnish footballer and the youth coach at Motherwell. He last played for TPS in Finnish Veikkausliiga. His main position was a striker, playing most notably for Rangers and Charlton Athletic. Johansson was also a regular in the Finnish national team, earning a total of 106 caps.
Johansson was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and started his career in Finland in his hometown club Pargas IF. In 1995 he moved on to the Veikkausliiga club TPS Turku. He went on to score six goals in 32 league appearances in his first season and was chosen to play in the Finland Under-21 team. In 1997 he transferred to FC Flora Tallinn, becoming the first Finnish player to move to an Estonian club. During this time he broke into the senior Finland team - his blond, curly locks earned him the nickname 'Tintti' (Tintin) with national team supporters.
He subsequently moved to Scotland to join top Scottish club Rangers for £500,000 the same year but found it difficult to get into manager Walter Smith's side. A change of boss, with Dutchman Dick Advocaat coming in, gave him more chances and he responded by scoring 17 goals in the 1998/99 season, including eight in the Scottish Premier League and five in the UEFA Cup. He scored seven goals the following term, taking his overall tally to 24 in just 37 starts, plus 38 substitute appearances. In his time at the club he was part of the squad that won the domestic treble and double in Advocaat's first two seasons.
Johansson signed for English Premier League club Charlton in the summer of 2000 as Alan Curbishley sought to strengthen his forward-line for the club's return to the Premier League. Charlton paid £3.25 million for the striker with a further £250,000 owed if Johansson made 25 appearances and Charlton avoided relegation. Johansson scored 14 goals in his first season for Charlton even with an injury in the end of the season. He was never able to repeat this form in later seasons, and subsequently had to settle for role as a squad player.
Loan to Norwich City
Johansson moved to Norwich on loan for the rest of the season in the January 2006 transfer window wanting more chances for first team football and was officially released by Charlton at the end of the season. He started his tenure at Norwich promisingly, netting against Ipswich, Derby and Stoke.
In July 2006 he signed with Swedish club Malmö FF for a transfer fee of €1.1 million, where he played alongside fellow Finn Jari Litmanen. He proved to be an instant success at the Swedish club. During his first season he scored 11 goals in 14 matches, creating a dangerous offensive line with teammate Júnior.
On 13 November 2008, Johansson signed a pre-contract agreement with Scottish Premier League side Hibernian. He agreed an 18 month contract with Hibs, after his contract with Malmö FF expired at the end of the 2008 summer season in Sweden. Johansson was unable to sign for Hibs until 1 January due to the transfer window rules, but he began training with the Hibs squad in December 2008. He made his debut on 3 January 2009 against Hearts in the Edinburgh derby. Johansson scored his first goal for Hibs seven months after signing at East End Park against Dunfermline in a 4–0 friendly win, but he was expected to leave Hibernian due to the increased competition for places. His departure was confirmed on 1 September 2009.
It only became apparent that Johansson had signed for St. Johnstone on 27 October 2009 when he was named in the starting line-up for their Scottish League Cup quarter-final tie at home to Dundee United. He had previously been training with the club to maintain his fitness ahead of Finland's international matches earlier in the month. Johnasson has signed a short term contract which runs until January 2010. Johansson scored a winning goal for St. Johnstone against Hearts on 21 November 2009, which was his first competitive goal in Scotland for ten years, when he was with Rangers. St. Johnstone did not renew his short term contract and Johansson left the club.
Return to TPS
It was announced on 8 February 2010 that Johansson would return to his former club after spending 14 years abroad. He scored his first goal (a penalty kick) for TPS in a Veikkausliga game against VPS Vaasa on 7 May. He also scored twice in the next match, against Inter, in the local derby of Turku. He also won the 2010 Finnish Cup, as TPS won 2–0 against HJK in the final. He finished the season with 10 goals, being the clubs second best goalscorer, only two goals behind Roope Riski. Johansson announced his retirement from professional football on 23 March 2011.
Johansson made his debut for the Finnish national team on 16 March 1996 against Kuwait, scoring the game's only goal. He was a regular member of the Finland squad and earned his 100th cap in October 2009. Johansson made a total of 106 appearances for Finland and scored 22 goals. Only Jari Litmanen has made more appearances and scored more goals for Finland than Johansson.
|“||Johansson scored but I don't know how. I don't think he is a good enough player to score.||”|
As of 30 September 2010. Finland's score first.
|Jonatan Johansson international goals|
|1.||16 March 1996||Kuwait City, Kuwait||Kuwait||1 – 0||Friendly|
|2.||5 February 1998||Limassol, Cyprus||Cyprus||1 - 1||Friendly|
|3.||22 April 1998||Edinburgh, Scotland||Scotland||1 - 1||Friendly|
|4.||5 September 1998||Helsinki, Finland||Moldova||3 - 2||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|5.||14 October 1998||Istanbul, Turkey||Turkey||3 - 1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|6.||10 February 1999||Ta'Qali, Malta||Poland||1 - 1||Friendly|
|7.||18 August 1999||Bruges, Belgium||Belgium||4 - 3||Friendly|
|8.||18 August 1999||Bruges, Belgium||Belgium||4 - 3||Friendly|
|9.||9 October 1999||Helsinki, Finland||Northern Ireland||4 - 1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|10.||30 April 2003||Vantaa, Finland||Iceland||3 - 0||Friendly|
|11.||8 February 2005||Nicosia, Greece||Latvia||2 - 1||Friendly|
|12.||26 March 2005||Teplice, Czech Republic||Czech Republic||3 - 4||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|13.||6 September 2006||Helsinki, Finland||Portugal||1 - 1||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|14.||6 June 2007||Helsinki, Finland||Belgium||2 - 0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|15.||20 August 2008||Tampere, Finland||Israel||2 - 0||Friendly|
|16.||20 August 2008||Tampere, Finland||Israel||2 - 0||Friendly|
|17||10 September 2008||Helsinki, Finland||Germany||3 - 3||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|18.||28 March 2009||Cardiff, Wales||Wales||2 - 0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|19.||1 April 2009||Oslo, Norway||Norway||2 - 3||Friendly|
|20.||6 June 2009||Helsinki, Finland||Liechtenstein||2 - 1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|21.||5 September 2009||Lankaran, Azerbaijan||Azerbaijan||2 - 1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|22.||14 October 2009||Hamburg, Germany||Germany||1 - 1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Club record
Johansson married Jean Anderson, a former Scottish television presenter who is from Port Glasgow, in June 2008.
- Jonatan Johansson at National-Football-Teams.com
- Jonatan Johansson, motherwellfc.co.uk, 31 July 2013.
- Johansson agrees Hibernian switch , BBC Sport, 13 November 2008.
- Johnstone, Darren.Hibs hope to have Johansson fit in time for Tynecastle trip, Edinburgh Evening News, 17 December 2008.
- Hughes keen to keep Nish but warns of player exits, scotsman.com, 24 August 2009.
- Player update, Hibernian FC official site, 1 September 2009.
- "Jonatan Johansson signs short-term deal with St Johnstone". STV Sport. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009.
- "Hearts 1 - 2 St Johnstone". BBC. 21 November 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
- "Search for new striker goes on". Greenock Telegraph. 29 January 2010.
- "JONATAN JOHANSSON TEKEE PALUUN TPS-PAITAAN". 8 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010.[dead link]Jonatan Johansson returns to TPS (Finnish)
- Tintti retires (Finnish)
- "Bellamy writes off Wales chances". BBC Sport (BBC). 28 March 2009.
-  (Finnish)
- "TV: Johansson confirmed as U20s coach". Motherwell F.C. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
- Hibs target former Rangers striker Jonatan Johansson, Daily Record.